Blood and Platelet Doning

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Dancing Giraffe has always supported and encouraged Blood and Platelet Doning. We interviewed the Chief Executive, Susan Pattrick during National Blood Week (19th – 25th June) to find out what she has been doing to support the service. Blood Groups There are four main types of blood groups. These are O, A, B and AB […]

Basildon Sporting Village recognised as Assisted Facility

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Following recent improvements, Basildon Sporting Village has now been recognised as an ‘Assisted Facility’ by the Changing Places consortium. As well as renovating an existing toilet, there have also been additional new facilities installed and access improved throughout the leisure centre. These improvements were made possible following a major investment from Essex County Council, whose […]

Increase In Number of Disabled MPs

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Two new disabled MPs have been elected to Parliament following last Thursday’s election, bringing the total to five. The new MPs, both Labour, are Marsha De Cordova, who is registered blind, and Jared O’Mara, who has cerebral palsy. They join three other disabled MPs who kept their seats: Robert Halfon and Paul Maynard, who also […]

General Election 2017: Casting your vote

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The General Election should provide all people of the United Kingdom with the opportunity to exercise their democratic right to vote. However, with some polling stations proving to be difficult to access in the past, it is perfectly understandable that some may be feeling apprehensive about casting their vote on Thursday. For those who may […]

Willow Park Resource Centre

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Those based in the Clacton area may be interested to hear of a centre providing a range of activities for people with both learning and physical disabilities. The Willow Park Resource Centre, based in Weeley, houses a range of facilities that will ensure that all can enjoy a fun-filled learning experience. Amongst these facilities are […]

David’s Story: Five Years Later

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Back in 2012 we published an article about David Chennells. David had suffered a brain haemorrhage in 2007 and shared his story with one of our writers, Catherine Ridge. In 2017, 5 years later, Catherine caught up with David as he led a sponsored walk around his home town: Crowds gathered around Esquires Coffee House […]

Disabled Flyers Still Short-changed By Airlines

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So – how easy is it for disabled flyers to – well, fly? It is an era when both carriers and airport authorities are disability aware, and there are international laws and regulations in force which govern air travel by disabled people. Yet evidence exists that disabled people still suffer disproportionate problems. Jenny Gumbrell, who […]

Specially Adapted Wheelchairs Help Disabled Players

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Two bowls clubs in Houghton Le Spring, Tyne and Wear, have been given specially adapted wheelchairs so that disabled people can take part in the game. The 12 wheelchairs were given to Houghton Town Bowling Club and Houghton Indoor Bowls through the efforts of George Duffell, who is an ex-bowler himself. George, 86, saw people […]

Let children with disabilities have a voice

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Just like everybody else, children with disabilities have the same right to express their views and be consulted about decisions which affect their wellbeing. Sounds simple and straight forward enough, doesn’t it? However, there are barriers that children with disabilities encounter when communicating their needs. This makes necessary the development of certain key listening skills […]